Every show on my local channel is all about drugs, sex and affairs now. I hate how all these things are so normalized in today’s society.
Only in Singapore.
Sorry, I just need a place to whine about the wonderful, ridiculous country I live in.
The enormous mental and emotional stress that accompanies the accumulation and holding on to the wealth in our kind of society, not to mention always trying ways and means to increase it, is just amazing. Running in a marathon without a finishing line, you and I, and our descendants, whether we like it or not. It is also called the rat race. This is what we live in now, and it’s showing no signs of changing.
I would die to drop out of this silly and meaningless race because first, I’m not a rat, and second, I’m not a slave to materialism. I don’t crave material things and sensual pleasures, being perfectly contented with a simple, quiet life. The PAP would shoot down people like me since my ilk and I don’t help very much in the economic growth of Singapore. What they want is growth-generating human machines, carefully nurtured from birth, to help increase the GDP, the economic “deity” that most governments worship and kowtow to today.
What sort of society are we today, aside from the good public dwellings, good transport, we still find pleasure in ostracizing those foreign workers without whom they wouldn’t be possible. Some statistics: the divorce rate rises almost every year; more and more elderly get neglected or dumped in homes; a populace that is obsessed with government-sanctioned gambling of all forms; rising addictions to tobacco and alcohol, and other “First World”-society characteristics.
All these are the result, directly or indirectly, of the hectic and stressful existence we are subjected to from young in our sort of society that the Government had consciously and systematically fashioned. We find ourselves locked into a social and political system from young from which the common man finds it very difficult to opt out.
We(and our descendants) become rats, forced to take part in this marathon that does not have a finishing line. Somewhere along the way, we managed to attain the so-called “First World” status, which we proudly flaunt to world now.